Man charged with 1st-degree murder in Scarborough shooting, victim identified

A Markham man is facing a first-degree murder charge after allegedly shooting the victim as he drove his vehicle, leading to a crash in Scarborough.

Toronto police were called to the Markham and Ellesmere Roads area just before 5 p.m. on Sept. 5 for reports of a shooting.

It’s alleged officers found a black Toyota Corolla at the scene, which had collided with a tree. Police located one man inside the vehicle who had been shot.

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Toronto police investigating after a shooting in Scarborough on Sep. 6, 2023. Police say the victim was shot while driving a black car that ended up crashing into a tree. CITYNEWS/Rick Helinski.

He was rushed to a trauma centre, where he died of his injuries three days later. The victim was identified as 21-year-old Dequan Demos of Toronto.

On Monday, authorities arrested 22-year-old Lawrence Bruce of Markham. He’s been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and multiple firearms-related charges.

The accused appeared in court on Tuesday.

Police did not provide photos of the accused or the victim.

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